Saturday, 16 July 2011
Weather consisted of a strong southerly wind with complete cloud cover. There was rain throughout the morning. Migrants observed moving through were 8 Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, 1 Med Gull and 4 Swift. A Common Seal was seen offshore. Only 1 bird ringed today; 1 Dunnock. Two Small Ranunculus in the moth traps are worth a mention as is Pammenne aurantiana - a species we have only noted previously in 2004 and 2006.
Posted by LBO at 18:23
It was a west north-westerly wind with very little wind and cloud. Migrants on the move were 6 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow and 1 Yellow Wagtail. A Sedge Warbler was trapped and ringed within the Bird Observatory compound. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was also found. 10 birds ringed today; 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin and 7 Greenfinch. An Emperor Dragonfly was recorded. Butterflies seen included Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral and Meadow Brown.
Posted by LBO at 06:55
Friday, 15 July 2011
Hot of the press and just received is news of a Redstart ringed here as a first summer male on 24th May 2010 trapped this spring at Revtangen, Klepp, Rogland, Norway 802km to the NNE of us on 8th May 2011. This is all the more remarkable in that we only ringed two Redstarts in the whole of last spring and the recovery rate on this species is very low. Presumably this is a Norwegian reared bird that made an error on migration last spring that has sorted itself out this year.
Posted by LBO at 08:39
Thursday, 14 July 2011
The weather was wet and windy all morning. There was complete cloud cover. The highlight of the day was 1 Little Egret moving north. There was very little else of interest seen. 1 Common Whitethroat was heard calling in the bushes and there were 10 Common Tern seen fishing close offshore. No birds were ringed due to the mist nets not being opened due to the rain.
Posted by LBO at 20:10
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Baby birds but little else this morning. Cooler breezy conditions with little moving. 3 Oyks south & 2 Sandwich Terns south were noted amongst a sparse selection of sightings. The 2 Herring Gull chicks on the museum roof were ringed and also fitted with red darvic rings with the letters CHN & CHP in white lettering on them. Hopefully they will be recorded further afield than scavenging in the View Point Car Park where their parents seem to spend the bulk of the time feeding - a junk food diet doesn't seem to have done them any harm so far.
Posted by LBO at 11:10
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
An increasing north-easterly breeze as the morning went on did not bring anything of note. Reed Warbler singing on the Butts is unseasonable. A handful of terns offshore, couple of waders south plus singles of Gannet & Teal going north. A Lapwing on the reserve was the highlight !
Posted by LBO at 11:08
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Odd sort of morning. A juv Med Gull following an adult seems early as no sign of any other baby seagulls out and about just yet. A juv Marsh Harrier went south - its parents must have evicted it already. A juv Black Redstart suggests a pair might be nesting in the docks. A juv Wheatear is our second of the "autumn". A pair of Avocets were flying round displaying late morning - lord only knows what they were up to. Finally a Willow Emerald Damselfly is only our fourth ever record of this species that has recently colonised this part of the world. Weird selection of records today !
Posted by LBO at 12:53